FDA approves innovative Alzheimer’s drug tested at UAB

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Doctors in UAB's clinical trial had to prove that their drug was effective in removing amyloid protein from the brain. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer's Association of Alabama.
Doctors in UAB’s clinical trials had to prove that their drug was effective in removing chemical abnormalities from the brain. Photo courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association of Alabama.

The first FDA-approved drug to slow the decline of Alzheimer’s was approved today, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been involved in clinical trials of the drug for five years. We talked to Alzheimer’s researchers and advocates at UAB to learn more.

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UAB is one of Forbes’ best employers for new graduates

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Forbes listed UAB as number four on the 2021 list for America’s best employers for new grads. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Postgrad life is no joke, but finding a job you love helps make it a smooth transition. Birmingham is the 12th best city for new college grads, and according to Forbes, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of the country’s best employers for new graduates. Keep reading to see what makes them such a great option.

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More places offering COVID-19 vaccine throughout the Birmingham area

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Parker High School employees got vaccinated in preparation for opening as a mass vaccination site. Photo via UAB News

The number of places and opportunities to get a COVID-19 shot are growing dramatically in Birmingham. Here is a rundown of newly announced locations offering vaccines we learned about just this week.

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Herd immunity: what you need to know from UAB’s Dr. Suzanne Judd

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UAB epidemiologist Dr. Suzanne Judd speaking on herd immunity. Photo via UAB

Have you heard about herd immunity? As the US continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, hope (and vaccines) are on the way. Keep reading to learn the latest from Dr. Suzanne Judd, an epidemiologist at UAB, about herd immunity in the US and Alabama.

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Parker High School opens as Birmingham’s newest mass vaccination site

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Parker High School employees got vaccinated in preparation for opening as a mass vaccination site. Photo via UAB News

A.H. Parker High School is officially Birmingham’s newest community vaccination site. This is the third mass vaccination site in the city and is open for appointments only. Keep reading to learn more about this exciting development.

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UAB ranked #1 Best Large Employer in America by Forbes

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UAB campus. Photo via Bham Now

In a recent article, Forbes named The University of Alabama at Birmingham as one of the best large employers in America. As a matter of fact, UAB ranked as #1 on the list that includes institutions like Yale, Trader Joe’s, Mayo Clinic and more. Keep reading to see what landed them at the top.

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Are health officials now asking us to double mask? A local expert shares her recommendation

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It’s all masks all the time at our new office on Morris Avenue. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

At President Joe Biden’s inauguration, we saw a lot of firsts, including a possible up and coming strategy to fight COVID-19—two masks.

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Over 20 additional vaccination sites approved for potential use in Birmingham

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Legion Field approved as a future vaccination site. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Birmingham City Council has unanimously approved 22 new vaccination sites for potential use in The Magic City. Learn what this means for the city as well as what’s in store for Legion Field.

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See what put UAB towards the top of US New’s best universities list

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UAB ranks high among global universities for infectious diseases. Photo via Bham Now

Recently, US News & World Report released their list of best global universities for infectious diseases. On a list made up of nearly 1,500 institutions, across 86 countries, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) can be found high on the list at #37. Here’s a look at how Alabama’s largest employer earned their spot among some of the top universities in the world.

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Vaccines for healthcare workers: the best Christmas gift in Birmingham

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Dr. Hernando Carter, Internal Medicine and Board member on the Jefferson County Department of Health. Photo via Hernando Carter

While scrolling through Instagram and Facebook last week, it seemed like one out of every four or five posts was a picture of a healthcare worker receiving a shot of the new COVID-19 vaccine. I never realized I had so many friends who work in healthcare. 

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UAB’s 1917 Clinic has found a new home in Lakeview

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UAB Medicine’s 1917 Clinic just found a new home in Lakeview. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

The University of Alabama at Birmingham‘s 1917 Clinic has officially completed its move to the new Dewberry Building in Lakeview. As the largest HIV health care unit in Alabama, this move will help UAB’s 1917 Clinic better serve the public and more than 3,600 active patients.

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First COVID-19 vaccine has begun arriving in Alabama, UAB staffing up

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Respiratory therapist inside UAB’s COVID ICU. Photo via University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alabama’s initial allocation of 40,950 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has begun arriving in the state. As a result of the growing number of COVID-19 cases and staff needed to administer the vaccines, UAB is staffing up. 

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Afraid of needles? Promising nasal COVID-19 vaccine tested at UAB moving forward

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UAB researcher performing preclinical testing of a potential vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 virus. Photo courtesy of UAB

We are all preparing for it. Hopefully, very soon, we might expect to roll up our sleeves and take a shot – get vaccinated, so we can defeat the COVID-19 global pandemic.

But, how about avoiding the needles, syringes and more importantly refrigeration that comes with the newly proposed vaccines?  Can a vaccine be delivered via your nose?

Thanks to preclinical research and testing at UAB, we are about to find out.

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UAB leads ambitious COVID-19 testing program of Alabama college students with help from Bruno Event Team

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COVID testing. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you were going to organize and conduct 200,000 COVID-19 tests on incoming and returning Alabama college students before they start classes in August – who are two of the state’s best institutions to do such a job? 

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